Hello everyone! My name is Avery Bowen, I am seventeen, I am based in Chicago, and love coconut paletas. You may recognize me from our Instagram as I am in charge of the newest YesSheCan Campaign project- our book club! Starting the YesSheCanCampaign book club is only a small part of what I do as part of the organization. Officially, I am the Sparkle Project Intern for the summer. My job is to think of and plan events and projects that the YesSheCanCampaign can create. I have a billion different ideas on things we can do to better our communities but decided to start small with our book club.
My idea with the book club was simple: host an Instagram Live book club discussion with a group of my friends at the beginning and end of each month with mini discussions/Q&A sessions every week in between. Right now we are halfway through our first novel, Michelle Obama’s Becoming. The novel has been a fantastic look into the life of one of the most successful women in the world, and I think I can speak for all of the members of the book club when I say that Becoming should become the newest guide for women. We have yet to decide what next month’s novel will be; however, as a group we decided that the remainder of the novels we read will be written by women, especially women of color. My goal with the book club is to encourage girls to read novels outside of school for pure enjoyment, especially novels that they would not normally be exposed to, hence the focus on female, WoC writers.
What I loved the most about being a part of the YesSheCanCampaign is the inspiration I draw from the overall message and ideals of the campaign. Before becoming the Sparkle Projects Intern, I had all of these different ideas about things I wanted to do and projects I wanted to pursue, yet never followed through with my plans. The YesSheCanCampaign has given me the nudge I need to make my ideas into a reality. That being said, I have tons more ideas of projects I want to implement this summer and am excited to go on that journey with the help and support of the YesSheCanCampaign. Stay tuned to see what other projects I cook up during the remainder of the summer!